American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To testify or declare under oath.
- v. To give testimony.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay down; deposit.
- To lay down as a pledge; wager.
- To testify; state in a deposition.
- In Scots and old Eng. law, to give testimony; bear witness; depose.
- v. intransitive, law To testify, especially in the form of deposition.
- v. transitive, law To take the deposition of; to depose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To lay, as a stake; to wager.
- v. rare To lay down.
- v. A Scotticism To assert under oath; to depose.
- v. A Scotticism To testify under oath; to depose; to bear witness.
- v. make a deposition; declare under oath
- From Latin depono ("lay down", "deposit", "entrust") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English deponen, from Medieval Latin dēpōnere, from Latin, to put down : dē-, de- + pōnere, to put. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The turnkey, guessing from my appearance that I had money in my pocket, received me with the repetition of the Latin word depone, and gave me to understand, that I must pay beforehand for the apartment I should choose to dwell in.”
“The turnkey, guessing from my appearance that I had money in my pocket, received me with the repetition of the Latin word depone, and gave me to understand, that I must pay beforehand for the apartment”
“It is come to me also by a sidewind, as I may say, that you have been neighbouring more than was needful among some of the pestilent sect of Quakers — a people who own neither priest nor king, nor civil magistrate, nor the fabric of our law, and will not depone either IN”
“I have visited the sign in question, which yet swings exalted in the village of Langdirdum; and I am ready to depone upon the oath that what has been idly mistaken or misrepresented as being the fifth leg of the horse, is, in fact, the tail of that quadruped, and, considered with reference to the posture in which he is delineated, forms a circumstance introduced and managed with great and successful, though daring, art.”
“These two females did afterwards depone that Mr Willet in his consternation uttered but one word, and called that up the stairs in a stentorian voice, six distinct times.”
“They had predicted it to Mrs Todgers, as she (Todgers) could depone, that very morning.”
“I canna depone to having ever seen ane mysell, but, I ance heard ane whistle ahint me in the moss, as like a whaup”
“Mr Melmotte had been asked to depone the title-deeds, and had promised to do so as soon as the day of the wedding should have been fixed with the consent of all the parties.”
“John and Alexander MacDonalds, sons to the deceas'd Glenco, depone, that Glengary's house being reduc'd, the forces were called back to the south, and Glenlyon, a captain of the Earl of Argyle's regiment, with Lieutenant Lindsay, and”
“Inverlochie, and desir'd the Col.nel to minister to him the oath of allegiance, that he might have the King's indemnity: But Col. Hill, in his deposition, doth further depone, that he hasten'd him away all he could, and gave him a letter to Ardkinlas to receive him as a lost sheep; ...”
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